Originally Posted by melissel
The NAUGHTY CORNER? The kids are totally acting out to get their parents' attention. The parents are supposed to put them in the "naughty corner" as a punishment.
I know someone who has Social Services (CPS) involved in their home. I'm the first to admit that she's not a great mom. She spends a lot of time either on the computer or talking on the phone and totally ignores her kids, then yells at them because they've trashed the house (big surprise) while being ignored. They get very little attention from their mom.
So...a "respite worker" comes into the house to help her schedule her day and find strategies to cope. And, the very first thing she comes up with is...the "naughty step". The 4-year-old (who used to be one of the easiest to discipline children I've EVER seen - all he wanted was to please) who is already feeling like he doesn't matter and his mom doesn't care gets banished to the "naughty step" when he misbehaves. Maybe, just maybe, actually interacting with the boy, and paying some attention to him would be more effective...and kinder???
Anyway...I don't really like time outs, either...but the "naughty" thing just makes me insane. We do cool down time with dd, but she gets to decide if she wants us there or not.